Everybody knows that properly trained dogs can make absolutely great working companions. Both the military and police use dogs extensively for searching, drug detection, and various other efforts. Generally for these uses only the best of the best gets selected, dogs are almost always purebred, imported, and fairly expensive. Now a trainer in San Antonio is doing his best to show that service and working dogs don’t need to be exotic or expensive, he’s training shelter dogs to have a purpose, in turn getting them out of the shelters and giving them awesome jobs.
Brad Croft is that trainer and he’s really making waves in the K9 training community. Croft’s training business in San Antonio is run primarily by a group of former military K9 operators and as such they’re some of the most qualified dog trainers in the area. When Croft came up with the idea he just jumped right in and tried it out by adopting a dog from a local shelter. After a few weeks of training his new K9 Croft started to realize that it didn’t matter that he wasn’t a purebred or special breed of dog, he was able to learn just as well. Croft’s team is also shedding the traditional breed requirements, no longer do they feel that a German Shepherd is required since they’ve had such great results with various breeds from local shelters.
Perhaps the best news is that Croft’s team is on track to save over 100 dogs from local shelters, all of which will be placed into at least part time service with police or other emergency operations teams. Most of the dogs are mixed-breed, and it doesn’t even matter, because they’re learning just as fast as many of the purebred dogs Croft also trains.
Croft says his primary mission with this program is to save dogs from his local shelters and get them trained so they can be working service dogs, bur more than that he wants the program to expand. Croft says he wants to get more trainers and police departments involved so they can save more dogs from shelters. Ultimately they goal is to push for police departments from around the country to start looking at adopting dogs from shelters and having them trained rather than spending outrageous amounts of money on purebred imported dogs. So far there have been multiple fully trained classes of adopted dogs and the results have been astonishing, the shelter dogs have been preforming at exactly the same level as the purebreds, so this could be the plan that ultimately saves thousands of dogs from shelters around the US.